Book Review: The Last Honest Woman (Nora Roberts)

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Plot:

When journalist Dylan Crosby starts digging up the past for the book he’s writing about her infamous late husband, Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell is determined that she will do everything possible to keep the family’s secrets under lock and key.’ to ‘The truth could not be told. Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell was a desperate woman. Journalist Dylan Crosby was going to start digging up her past for the book he was writing about her infamous late husband. It was just research to him, but to her it was a painful reality that had to be kept under lock and key for the sake of her children. Abby would do anything to keep their world safe – no matter how compelling Dylan’s promises might be…. What was she hiding? When Dylan Crosby came to grill Abigail O’Hurley Rockwell about her famous late husband, he expected cool white mink, icy diamonds. What he got was dusty dungarees and womanly warmth. Why would socialite Abby pretend to be a hardworking country mom? Worse, why did he believe her loving lies?

Rating: 6/10

The Last Honest Woman was a recommendation by a family member, one who knows that I read a lot of Nora Roberts but that there is little time to pay all her titles attention. I can say that I enjoyed TLHW, but that it was flawed in multiple aspects. Let’s start with how the man always suspects that the woman is lying. It is unlikely that someone can lie all the time. Who has time for that?! Dylan thinks Abby is a bimbo brained brat from the start and only when he starts having desires he is willing to consider that she is not anything like his initial impression. SIGH. No wonder the women of the 80’s and 90’s took so long to tell men where to stuff it if they can’t learn how to treat a lady properly. Anyway.

The book had a sweet element to it. I even enjoyed the children characters, which is quite rare. O thought Abby was a bit one dimensional but she was not insufferable. It is clear throughout that her first husband was a spineless coward. I enjoyed the whole O’Hurley set-up. Most of the family were entertainers and even though Abby completely deviated from what her family thought she would become, she was still well loved.

TLHW is exactly what it advertise – stereotypical romance. Don’t expect more and you will have a great time.

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